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We would like to wish a happy 80th birthday to Hae Min Chung—President of the Research Foundation for Korean Community (RFKC).

 On Thursday, July 14, 2016, President Chung's family members, board members of RFKC, and staff members of RCKC met at the Great Room of 20 Riverwalk Place in West New York, New Jersey for a delicious, fun, and festive 80th birthday celebration for President Chung. In Korean culture, both the 70th and 80th birthday celebrations are important milestones in one's life. In particular, if someone made it to their 80th year in the old days, it was considered a sign of great health, fortune, and prosperity. He has served as President of RFKC since 2012, and towards the end of the birthday party, he announced that he will be stepping down as President at the end of this summer. Jea-Seung Ko, who is currently the Senior Vice President of RFKC, will take over once President Chung steps down.

Over the years, President Chung has worked very hard to help and serve the Korean and Korean-American communities in the New York-New Jersey area. Since immigrating to the U.S. in 1974, he has founded and established a Korean school, worked for the New York City government as an outreach and community coordinator for the NYC Citizenship Program and Office of Immigrant Initiatives, been Chair of the Board of Directors of the Korean American Voters' Council of New York and New Jersey, and been a Co-Chair of the New York Coalition for House Resolution 121 (the "Comfort Women" resolution). In 2013, he received the Vision Award from Korean Community Services, and in 2010, he received Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Congressman Michael Honda. These are just a few of his many accomplishments and activities.

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to President Chung for all of the hard work he has done for our Research Center as well as for the Korean and Korean-American communities at large. We wish him continued good health and prosperity.

Click the link below for some video footage from the event:

President Hae Min Chung 80th Birthday Party